Bec Rawlings released by UFC, set to make bare knuckle boxing debut

It appears the UFC has parted ways with flyweight “Rowdy” Bec Rawlings. 

The news was first reported by Nolan King (@mma_kings) via Twitter.

Rawlings previously fought in the strawweight division of Invicta. In 2015, she was a part of the TUF 20 cast in which the UFC introduced the 115-pound weight class.

Her first UFC bout took place at the TUF 20 Finale show, losing a decision to heated on-air rival Heather Jo Clark. She bounced back from the loss with a submission win over Lisa Ellis in her next outing.

Rawlings would go on to win once more, topping Seo Hee Ham in a close decision. She would fight once more at strawweight, losing via knockout to Paige VanZant before switching weight classes.

In 2017, Bec officially moved to the newly minted flyweight division. Having struggled to make the 116-pound limit in the past, “Rowdy” felt rejuvenated. She lost her flyweight debut in a narrow split-decision to Jessica Rose-Clark.

Finally, last month at UFC 223, Rawlings dropped her fourth bout in a row— a clear cut decision loss to Ashlee Evans-Smith on the FOX Prelims.

Rawlings took to social media to announce her first fight outside of the UFC: on June 2, she will be competing on PPV BKB 1: the Beginning.

BKB, or Bare Knuckle Boxing Fighting Championship, is a new promotion in which the fighters do not wear padding or gloves on their hands. The official Bare Knuckle Boxing Twitter page is promoting Rawlings as the “face of women’s bear knuckle boxing”.

Rawlings says she will also continue to compete in MMA.

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7 comments

  1. Almost hate to admit it, but I don’t know if I’m ready for WBKB yet. Not even sure if I’m ready for BKB period yet.

    On a happier, unrelated note, I see that woman’s flyweight Polyana Viana vs. JJ Aldrich and straw-weight Danielle Taylor vs. China’s Weili Zhang will be featured on UFC 227. I was quite bummed to hear that Weili was out of her recent fight over at RIZIN due to an injured shoulder. Hope she’s in prime shape for this one. I’m looking forward to seeing her impress. Given that she’s on a 16 fight win streak, she sure shows potential.

    1. Bec, bec, she was fun to have around and watch get beat. now she’s gone off the roster, but angela mangana was still showing on the ufc roster, strangely.
      bare knuckle? how much money is she making doign this? i think it’s to take care of her kids now and provide for them instead of chasing the selfish glory. i mean, sh’es 29 years old and a single mom.

      http://www.ufc.com/fighter/Weight_Class/Women_Strawweight

    2. Gee, I am right there with you– I dont think Im eady for BKB either. Also, thank you for the tip! I didnt see those bouts but those are some exciting ones for sure!

  2. I take back what I said earlier. If these people wanna fight and fight , who am to judge. It’s wntertainng as hell, a fun vicarious diversion. I’ll follow bec no matter what she does , bcuz she is fascinating to watch. Some girls have the personality that hooks you

  3. BKB may just be Bec’s ticket back to relevancy, and losing her UFC contract may just be the best thing that has happened to her. Bec’s style & attitude are abrasive and/or tasteless to some, but you have to give her credit for consistency. After tracking her progress through the UFC I get the impression that it’s not an act; this is simply who she really is. Such a personality would seem to be a good fit with backyard-brawl impression most people have of BKB and she may find herself an early fan favorite. Finally, Bec can also now focus on perfecting her striking & boxing IQ skills. MMA may have been too multi-disciplinary for her. I will be rooting for Bec in BKBFC for sure.

    1. Very well said. She has that hip bone breakage from a few years ago, the femoral neck.
      What a odd break for someone so young. So, now she can keep it standing. While her purses will be smaller, her training camps will be cheaper, and less wear and tear in training.

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